When you waste as much time as I do playing Solitaire, it seems that one must learn something. I’ll happily, therefore, share everything I’ve learned. “Klondike” is a basic Solitaire version in which you get to cycle through the kitty cards as many times as you like, one card at a time, until either you are stuck or you win.
- Red queens will bury both black kings, along with a lot of other cards you need, virtually guaranteeing that you’ll lose.
- You’ll see this is going to happen almost right away, and the rest of the game will be perfect until you discover all your deuces are among the buried cards.
- You need one black three for a great shot at completing a win. Instead, you are dealt two red threes in a row and nothing else you can use either.
- When faced with a choice of un-burying a covered card or playing a “kitty” card, unbury the covered cards while you have the chance. This will allow you to lose with a score of -3 instead of -43, which still counts as one whole lost game.
- The odds of winning the “impossible” lay of the cards is better than the odds of winning the “slam-dunk” deals. The really easy games always stall.
- Constructing off-the-wall theories about why you’re losing beats marching gamely and silently to the scaffold.
- I lost this game too.
Happy Thanksgiving … and happy playing!
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